Kevin Ollie to be given Ray Meyer College Coach Of Year Award

UConn men’s basketball head coach Kevin Ollie will be awarded the Ray Meyer College Coach Of Year Award by the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.

According to the UConn press release, “In addition to Ollie, honored at the dinner will be Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell with the Gale Sayers Award, former Miami Dolphins lineman Bob Kuechenburg with The George Connor Award, along with Hall of Fame inductees Dave Diehl, Donovan McNabb, Johnny Musso and Tom Zbikowski from the world of football. From baseball, inductees include Goose Gossage and White Sox legend Minnie Minoso will receive a lifetime achievement award.”

The award is named for Hall of Fame coach Ray Meyer, who coached DePaul for 42 years (1942-84) and compiled a 724-354 career record, still 17th on the all-time NCAA coaching list for total wins. Meyer’s teams won the NIT in 1945 and reached the NCAA Final Four in 1943 and 1979. He was the college coach of George Mikan, who went on to become the first of the great NBA big men. Meyer passed away in 2006.

UConn men: Enoch commits to Huskies

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The UConn men’s basketball team received a commitment from Norwalk, Connecticut forward Steven Enoch on Saturday night.

Enoch is a 6-10 PF who will prep this season at St. Thomas Moore.

Enoch announced the news on twitter:

Enoch is the second member of the 2015 class with Roxbury, Massachusetts point guard Jalen Adams the other.

 

UConn nixes logo use with Coors Light

UConn has told IMG, a marketing partner that pays the school $8 million per year for its marketing rights, to take down four billboards in Connecticut that feature the UConn logo and a Coors Light bottle (Hartford Courant, Sept. 10).

The billboards, that are located on I-84 and I-91, say the “Huskies love the cold” with a Coors Light bottle and a silver football with the UConn logo on it.

IMG College controls UConn’s marketing rights and has contracted with Coors Light in a college football marketing campaign. IMG has many other colleges in its portfolio. The school is not directly contracting with the Coors Brewing Company.

In statements to the Hartford Courant, Director of Athletics Warde Manuel addressed the arrangement.

“That sponsorship allows for Coors to use licensed trademarks of university athletic programs around the country marketed by IMG — UConn being one such program — in promoting UConn products,” Manuel said.

UConn President Susan Herbst and Board of Trustees Chairman Larry McHugh also released a joint statement on the billboard:

“Whatever the intention was, we believe that these billboards sent the wrong message and are pleased that they are being taken down. Adults are free to drink responsibly, but UConn cannot appear to endorse drinking among our students, particularly if they are under 21.”


 

Report: Calhoun to join ESPN as an analyst

John F. Silver

Former UConn men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun will join ESPN’s college basketball coverage this season per The Big Lead.

The Hall of Fame coach, who won three national championships at UConn, retired two years ago handing the job over the Kevin Ollie. Calhoun has been a fixture at home games for Huskies the past two years and watched as his successor and former player in Ollie won a national championship this past April

ESPN declined comment to the Big Lead and Calhoun could not be reached for comment.

UConn men’s 2014-15 schedule released

John F. Silver

The UConn men’s basketball team’s 2014-15 schedule was released on Thursday and includes another ESPN Gameday event feature against SMU this season. 

The Huskies will play home-and-home series against conference heavyweights Cincinnati, Memphis, and Tulsa, which all made the NCAA tourney last season, as well as two games against NIT runner-up SMU, one a nationally-televised contest on CBS, and the other as part of ESPN GameDay.

The Huskies will have a fully-televised schedule, including two games on CBS, one previously announced at Florida on Jan. 3 and the other against SMU at home on March 1. UConn will make its seventh appearance on GameDay at SMU on Feb. 14. UConn will play at least 11 games on ESPN or ESPN2, six on the CBS Sports Network, and five on SNY.tv. The remainder of UConn’s games will be televised by the ESPN family of Networks.

The breakdown of UConn’s home venues as well as game times will be announced at a later date.

UConn will open its conference season on Dec. 31, playing host to Temple at a time to be determined. The Huskies will travel to new AAC member Tulsa on Jan. 13, to Tulane on Feb. 7, and to East Carolina on Feb. 25. Tulsa visits UConn on Feb. 12, Tulane is at UConn on Feb. 22, and East Carolina comes on Feb. 4.

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Drummond, Gay on Team USA

John F. Silver

The University of Connecticut is well-represented on Team USA’s entrant into the World Cup of Basketball in Spain.

Former UConn small forward Rudy Gay and center Andre Drummond have made the final 12-man roster of Team USA.

Gay, now with the Kings, was added to the roster after Paul George’s injury and Kevin Durant leaving the team because he’s tired.

The Pistons’ Drummond, on the other hand, was a surprise selection as Mike Krzyzewski decided to go with as many bigs as possible with a showdown with Spain’s front line of Pay Gasol, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka possible.

One of the major surprise cuts was Blazers star Damian Lillard. Coach K obviously wanted to go with more inside play as he kept Mason Plumlee and Drummond on the roster.

Gay played two year’s at UConn and was on the 2006 team that was upset by George Mason in the Elite 8. Drummond played one year at UConn and the Middletown, Connecticut native is still a youngster and would have been a rising senior this year at UConn.

The full roster can be found here.


 

 

UConn men to play Ohio State, Arizona

John F. Silver

UConn announced a home-and-home schedule in men’s basketball with Ohio State and Arizona over the next four years.  

The Huskies will play Ohio State in 2015-16 in Connecticut and in Columbus in 2016-17 season.

UConn will play at Arizona in 2017-18 and home in 2018-19.

UConn is 2-3 all-time against Ohio State with win in the national semifinal in 1999 and in the NIT Championship game in 1988. UConn is 5-0 against Arizona, including a win in Anaheim, California in the West Regional final in 2011.